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San Antonio marches in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Alamo City hosts the largest march in the nation with an estimated 300,000 participants.

SAN ANTONIO — Thousands gathered in San Antonio for one of the largest MLK Day marches in the country. 

The march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. kicked off at 10 a.m. Monday morning at the MLK Academy at 3501 MLK Drive. The march ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park.  

Approximately 300,000 people were expected to participate in the march, making it one of the largest, if not the largest, march in the nation. 

Today's march marks the 33rd annual MLK March. The 52nd Annual Commemorative Program will take place following the march. 

According to the MLK Commission, the late Reverend Dr. Raymond "R.A." Callies Sr. organized the first March for Justice in 1968 to call attention to the need for basic infrastructure on the east side. 

Nineteen years later on January 19, 1987, the Commission and the City of San Antonio held its first official Martin Luther King, Jr. March. 

Since then, hundreds of thousands have flocked to the Alamo City to participate in the march.